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Master of Early Childhood Education

Master's Degree Programme

Provides the continuing professional development for early childhood educators and the extension in career pathways.

Master of Early Childhood Education


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  • Session NSHD-BG2: Saturday, 25 June 2022, 11.00am - 12.00pm

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In Singapore and around the world, there has been increasing emphasis on providing quality care and education to children as governments recognise the importance of investing early in their well-being and development. High quality early childhood care and education services require well-trained and continuously improving educators. Therefore, there is a need to prepare more knowledgeable teacher educators and professional developers within education systems to support teachers’ continued growth and development.

Working with adults (i.e., teachers and leaders) in a childcare centres/kindergarten, however, requires additional knowledge base and skillset that is different from working directly with young children.

The revised Master of Early Childhood Education Programme (MECED) has been designed with special care to meet the needs of experienced educators who aspire to become trainers, mentors, coaches and professional developers within individual childcare centres/kindergartens or within larger organisations that provide early childhood care and education (ECCE) services. As such, the programme blends two distinct yet related bodies of knowledge:

  • adult learning theories and pedagogical knowledge, and
  • up-to-date child development knowledge to inform early childhood curricular design and pedagogical practices.

The goal of the programme is to support existing professional developers and trainers, as well as enhance curriculum leadership and pedagogical knowledge amongst early childhood educators (teachers and leaders included). The courses in the adult learning component will provide insights into contemporary approaches to engaging adult learners, including blended learning approaches. Additionally, course development and assessment for adult learners as well as emerging trends in adult learning will also be covered. The programme has also broadened its admission criteria to support related educational professionals who need to design training and continuous learning and development opportunities for early childhood educators within ECCE organisations as well as the ECCE sector-at-large.

The relevance of this programme is highly dependent on the real-world problems that you bring to the course instructors. Assignments for many of the ECE courses will allow you to delve into specific curricular topics of your choice, so that you can immediately apply what you have read, discussed, and learned in the courses to your workplace.

Unique Features of the Programme

  • Contemporary findings in research on child development and quality ECCE.
  • Adult-learning theories/strategies that can be applied to ECCE teacher training and development contexts.
  • Application of research-based practices into the design of workshops and courses for early childhood teachers.
  • Courses are taught by academics and practitioners with a blend of local and global perspectives.
  • Classes are scheduled to suit the needs of working adults, in short bursts of face-to-face seminars and plenty of self-directed learning materials.
  • Assignments revolved around real-world teacher/professional development problems and contexts.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

In addition, applicants will need to meet these minimum requirements:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Education or related fields including Early Childhood, English Studies, Linguistics, and/or strong professional record
  • There will be language requirements for applicants whose Bachelor's degree is not in English Studies, Linguistics, Education or a related field, they are:
    • A excellent score in the English Proficiency Assessment to be conducted by Singapore University of Social Sciences (or)
    • IELTS (Academic) > 6.5, with no sub-score below 6 (or)
    • TOEFL PBT > 580, with (preferably) a TWE of 5 (or)
    • TOEFL iBT > 85, with a minimum of 22 in writing
  • Relevant work experiences

In the event of limited vacancy, priority will be given to eligible applicants who apply early. You are encouraged to submit your application early to avoid disappointment.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for selected graduate programmes. Please click here for more details.

The ECDA Scholarship is offered to outstanding and deserving in-service early childhood educators who wish to pursue the MECED programme. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

To graduate with the Master of Early Childhood Education, students are required to complete a total of 60 credit units (cu) and obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Master of Early Childhood Education

Practitioners, curriculum developers, supervisors and other professionals in the early childhood education field who are aspiring to become early childhood lecturers/trainers and/or are currently supporting teacher professional development should embark on the Master of Early Childhood Education (MECED) programme. Foundational understanding of early childhood educational knowledge and practice is required and most of the project-based assignments will require course participants to have access to early childhood teachers/students in order to design, implement and evaluate early childhood training and development.

With a combination of two related sets of knowledge and practice in adult learning and early childhood education, graduates of the SUSS's Master of Early Childhood Education programme should be poised to take on critical roles in designing early childhood training and professional development opportunities for teachers in the sector as well as other professionals in related fields.

  1. How many intakes are there in a year for Master of Early Childhood Education?
    As of August 2020, we have decided to have one intake a year; every January. We will update this decision if necessary.

  2. What is the duration to complete the programme?
    The Master of Early Childhood Education is a minimum 2-year programme, with a fixed sequence of courses. The maximum candidature is 4 years.

  3. How many courses do students take in each semester?
    Students are recommended to complete 3 courses per semester.

  4. When are the lessons scheduled?
    Lessons are scheduled on 4 Saturdays per course, from 8.30am to 5.30pm, with a lunch break of an hour.

  5. Can I qualify for the principal role in the Early Childhood Development Centre after completing the programme?
    No, ECDA requires the Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership, please refer to this link for more information.
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